As soon as my son picked up a bat at his first Little League practice, he was completely hooked on baseball. He wanted to eat, sleep, and breathe the sport. We loved seeing him so excited about something, but expected his obsession to eventually fade. Over the years, however, his love of the game just grew - he wanted to join traveling teams, attend every camp he could, and practice at every opportunity. And when he was just 12 years old, he decided he wanted to get a college scholarship to play baseball.
We were completely on board - what parents wouldn’t want their child to help pay for college doing something they love? But it wasn’t as quite as simple as it seemed. Because he was naturally really talented, we thought that consistent practice would be enough. We didn’t expect all of the costs associated with competitive baseball and being on the scholarship track. Pretty soon, we were spending $10,000 - $15,000 each year on camps, coaches, and trainers trying to make sure that our son had all the tools he needed to reach his potential and (hopefully) get a scholarship. We were happy to do it because it brought him so much joy, but… it was a lot.
When he entered his sophomore year of high school, we realized that a teammate of his had improved by leaps and bounds in the off-season. I asked his parents what had changed, expecting them to tell me about the new trainer he was working with everyday or the camps he had attended. Visions of my next paycheck flying out the window flashed before my eyes. “You’re not going to believe it,” his mom said. “He just got stronger.”
She told me that her son had been working with BRX Performance, a sports performance facility that specializes in baseball-specific strength and conditioning. They have a huge space in Milwaukee, but also offer online coaching via their app, which is what he had been doing. “He’s heard from so many recruiters in the past few months,” she told me. “Plus, it’s a fraction of what we were paying for all of the other camps and trainers we tried.” Needless to say, I was intrigued.
As soon as I got home, my son and I looked up BRX, read the reviews, and watched the before and after videos (his jaw dropped when we saw the results). We decided to try the BDS Individualized program, which includes an assigned 1-on-1 BRX Coach, a strength and throwing assessment, personalized strength and throwing programs, and real time Zoom assessment calls. After seeing his teammate’s improvement, we were ready to sign on, but we had no idea what we were in for.
After working with his coach for just 8 months, my son’s throwing velocity went from 82 mph at the beginning of training to 95 mph! And at a small fraction of what we had been spending on travel, camps, and trainers before learning about BRX. He began to hear from colleges that he never imagined he could play for. And thanks to the BRX team’s support and knowledge, we were able to navigate the complicated recruiting process with confidence. He recently accepted a scholarship to a top D1 program and we couldn’t be prouder. We also couldn’t have done it without BRX.